[Doha, Qatar] Museum of Islamic Art

These days whenever we travel, we always try to go easy on museums. It’s so easy to work so many museums into your itinerary but when you’re actually there, you absorb very little of the experience. It’s a bit like overdoing cathedrals in Europe, or temples in Thailand, or mosques in the Middle East.

I’m so glad we didn’t skip this one though, maybe because I haven’t been to a museum that focuses on Islamic Art before, so everything is different and interesting. It’s also laid out logically so you can progress through the exhibits in an order that makes sense.

Even if you don’t go inside, the IM Pei designed building is a triumph of post-modern architecture. It’s got a deconstructivist vibe with an Islamic twist!

I.M. Pei designed the Museum of Islamic Art. The austere white exterior just contrasts nicely with the bright blue sky!
I.M. Pei designed the Museum of Islamic Art. The austere white exterior just contrasts nicely with the bright blue sky!

Unfortunately I didn’t take much photos of the art pieces itself, but I remember really impressive Persian rugs, and this awesome armour from the Ottoman Empire.

I totally soaked in the big modern spaces inside! There were so many different places to play around with symmetry, geometry, negative space and stuff. I could have stayed for much longer.

Visitor's hall inside the Museum of Islamic Art
Visitor’s hall inside the Museum of Islamic Art
Atrium of Museum of Islamic Art
Atrium of Museum of Islamic Art

Check out my other posts from the Middle East trip!

[Arabian Nights] A Sneak Peek!
[Abu Dhabi] Masdar City, the future is here!
[Abu Dhabi] Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
[Abu Dhabi] Frolicking around Emirates Palace
[Muscat, Oman] Chillaxing in Muttrah
[Muscat, Oman] Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
[Oman] Forts Around the Country
[Doha, Qatar] That Famous Corniche
[Doha, Qatar] Villagio Mall
[Doha, Qatar] Souq Waqif

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